BELTON — A former Fort Hood soldier accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend with a machete was sentenced to life in prison.
The sentence came shortly after David Michael Vega, 29, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in a Belton courthouse Wednesday morning.
Standing in front of 27th District Court Judge John Gauntt, Vega pleaded guilty to committing the Aug. 17 stabbing death of Danielle Acosta-Guerrero, said Mike Waldman, a prosecutor in the case.
The night of the homicide, a man was jogging in the 2400 block of Haven Drive when he heard screams for help coming from a nearby home.
The jogger knocked on the door but got no response. He then went to a neighboring home and told the homeowner what he heard.
The two men went back to Acosta-Guerrero’s home and saw a light turn on in the bedroom. The neighbor knew Vega and saw him in the bedroom looking at the floor, court documents stated.
They knocked on the front door. Vega answered with what appeared to be blood on his face and refused to exit the home, the documents stated.
Moments later, the two men heard dogs barking from behind the residence and surmised that Vega had fled out the back door.
When police arrived, they searched the perimeter of the home and found an open window at the back of the house. Police looked inside and saw an injured woman on the floor. Officers entered the home and found Acosta-Guerrero lying on the floor covered in blood with several lacerations to her body, including a large stab wound to her neck, the documents stated. Police found a machete near her body.
Acosta-Guerrero’s 6-year-old son was in the home at the time of his mother’s slaying, but was not seriously injured.
It took authorities nearly two months to find Vega, who was a specialist stationed at Fort Hood with the 1st Cavalry Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team. He was discharged from the Army two months ago, according to post officials.
Police arrested him Oct. 11 at a motel in Turlock, Calif., after identifying Vega’s car in the parking lot.